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Challenge: Something Old (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-S85
Location: Balboa Park
Date: Aug 3, 2002
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 4, 2002

This is a really old tree in Balboa Park in San Diego, its amazing to look at since all the roots are exposed down a hill....if only that tree could talk

Place: 10 out of 180
Avg (all users): 6.5221
Avg (commenters): 8.1034
Avg (participants): 6.1825
Avg (non-participants): 6.8667
Views since voting: 1850
Votes: 272
Comments: 32
Favorites: 5 (view)

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08/12/2002 12:20:00 PM
I love this photograph. I think it should have ranked much higher. The contrast is terrific and going black and white was an excellent choice.
08/12/2002 12:53:00 AM
Way to go Neil, Good picture!!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/11/2002 05:11:00 PM
like it, feels like they are reaching out from the screen
08/11/2002 10:56:00 AM
08/11/2002 01:11:00 AM
this is what i call old
08/10/2002 01:29:00 PM
Love the patterns here, good idea to focus just on the roots rather than whole tree.
08/10/2002 07:57:00 AM
This shot works so well in b/w. A nice shot.
08/09/2002 07:57:00 PM
Very cool roots and nice use of black and white. 8 Swash
08/09/2002 10:56:00 AM
Excellent subject and good technical work. I feel as though I would have taken this picture myself.
08/09/2002 10:28:00 AM
love the angle and use of b&W. gives me an eerie feeling... like fingers creeping out of, yet grabbing into the soil. Very effective.
08/09/2002 03:55:00 AM
Wow, beautiful! Somehow, although this picture is very abstract, with no clear centre of interest, I still don't feel that it's confusing. The black and white is very rich.
08/08/2002 06:30:00 PM
i love the texture and desigh here.. the black and white compliments the contrast here very well... great shot :) - jmsetzler
08/08/2002 06:47:00 AM
I really like the old, spooky feel. The image is crisp and it works for me… (9)
08/07/2002 11:08:00 PM
08/07/2002 08:56:00 PM
very dramatic
08/07/2002 03:29:00 PM
I like the abstract, surreal quality.
08/07/2002 03:18:00 PM
I have seen root structures like these and find this picture doesn't have quite enough impact for a 10. I do find it an agreeable photo though. =7
08/07/2002 12:56:00 PM
Fabulous, creative, insightful.
08/07/2002 07:52:00 AM
Nice texture here. I like it.
08/07/2002 07:46:00 AM
I love the tones in this.
08/06/2002 08:50:00 PM
Very nice pattern, I really liked this subject. Very sharp and clear and I like the black and white.
08/06/2002 07:58:00 PM
great photo! no name?
08/06/2002 03:43:00 PM
Awesome shot, well composed.
08/06/2002 12:43:00 PM
nice work. reminds me of an ansel adams print. ~mcmurma
Meets Challenge...7
08/06/2002 12:13:00 PM
all around wonderful image. very well done.
08/06/2002 11:53:00 AM
I really like this. Maybe you could post it in color sometime. Id just like to see it that way. black and white looks good too.
08/06/2002 06:33:00 AM
Great shot. I love the shapes that nature makes naturally. Black & white really works well. If I was REALLY picky - some of the debris( twigs and bits) kind of detract from the flowing roots, maybe having brushed some of them away first - very subjective. Well done - lamedos
08/05/2002 10:41:00 PM
This is just great. When I first starting getting interested in photography, I wanted to do shots just like this (I still need some practice). I like the b/w - you'll have to post an outtake of the color version, if possible. Great work!! 9
08/05/2002 07:25:00 PM
It looks like you done everything right to me. Good luck

08/05/2002 06:52:00 PM
Something old. Use your photographic technique to emphasize the age of your subject.
Composition - very good
Technical Aspects - quite good
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality - good
08/05/2002 02:52:00 PM
Great idea. Very nice pattern.
08/05/2002 01:45:00 PM
This is really neat. I would have liked to see some of the trunk though...to connect the roots with life, so to speak. Nice choice for b&w. 7 LIsa

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